Barbara Curbow
Professor and Chair, Behavioral and Community Health
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2387 E
Phone: (301)405-8783 |
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Barbara Curbow, PhD, MA, BA is a social/health psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  From 1987-2005 she was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she held appointments in the Departments of Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences, and Health, Behavior and Society.  From 2006-2014 she was professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.  Currently, Dr. Curbow is professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Curbow’s research interests fall within these general areas:  cancer prevention and control, medical treatment decision making, health disparities, and health communication.  Over the course of her career she has trained over 30 doctoral advisees.

Education and Training

BA: Political Science, University of California Santa Barbara

MA: Educational Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara

PhD: Social Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz

Postdoctoral fellowship: Social Ecology, University of California Irvine


Nightingale, CL, Pomeranz, J, Carnaby, G, & Curbow, B (in press). Quality of life considerations for life care planning. The Rehabilitation Professional.

Barnett, TE, Forrest, J, Porter, L, & Curbow, BA (in press). Hookah Use Increasing Among Florida Adolescents: A multi-year Assessment. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Xu X; Ha S; Kan H; Hu H; Curbow BA; Lissaker CTK (2013). Health Effects of Air Pollution on Length of Respiratory Cancer Survival. BMC Public Health, 13, 800.

Barnett, TE, Smith, T, He, Y, Soule, EK, Curbow, BA, Tomar, SL, MCCarty, C (2013). Evidence of an emerging hookah use trend among university students: A cross-sectional comparison between hookah use and cigarette use. BMC Public Health, 13, 302

Soule, ES, Barnett, TE, Curbow, BA. (2012). Keeping the night going: The role of hookah bars in evening drinking behaviors.  Public Health, 126, 1078-1081.

Barnett TE, Curbow BA, Soule EK, Tomar SL, Thombs DL (2011). Carbon Monoxide levels among patrons of hookah cafes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40, 324-328.           

 Dailey, AB, Brumback, BA, Livingston, MD, Jones, BA, Curbow, BA, & Xu, X (2011). Area-level socioeconomic position and repeat mammography screening use: results from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 20, 2331-2334.

Moorhouse, MD, Pomeranz, JL, Barnett, TE, Yu, NS, & Curbow, BA (2011). Tobacco cessation intervention for people with disabilities: Survey of Center of Independent Living directors.  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 54, 118-121.

Nightingale, CL, Quinn, GP, Shenkman, EA, Curbow, BA,  Zebrack, BJ & Huang, I-C (2011).  Health-related quality of life of young adult survivors of childhood cancer: a review of qualitative studies. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 1, 124-132.

Bishop, MM, Curbow, B, Springer, S, Lee, J, & Wingard, JR (2011). Comparison of lasting life changes after cancer and BMT: Perspectives of long-term survivors and spouses. Psycho-oncology, 20, 926-34.